David Warner takes another leap forward
“I still feel I left a lot out there, with 70 balls to go,” said the left-hander. “And with the way we were trying to build partnerships again, I hold myself responsible for the way we fell apart there.”
That day, Australia seemed set to put on a total beyond the realms of 350, but some resolve from Pakistan’s bowlers saw them bowled out for 307. Today, Warner ensured the same mistakes weren’t to be repeated, playing a significant role in helping his side to 381/5 with a monumental innings of 166.
It seems odd to say, but there was a scratchiness to Warner’s first 100 runs at Trent Bridge, a theme that has permeated through his return of scores this tournament. Once the pocket dynamo that blitzed from ball one, he has appeared a tad more patient and restrained in his approach upon his return to international cricket.
There were flashes of typical Warner brilliance – he greeted Shakib Al Hasan’s third over of the day with a drive through the covers for four before walloping a six over midwicket the very next ball – but there remained a sense that he was happy to set anchor and accumulate rather than trample over the Bangladesh attack. After the match, however, Warner revealed that within him there remained the ambition to break loose, but he just wasn’t getting the rub of the green.
“I don’t mean to go out there and bat slow. I’ve tried to get a calculation of how many fielders I’ve hit in the first ten [overs]. It gets a bit frustrating because you middle one and it goes full pace to the fielder and you can’t even get off strike. That’s been a bit annoying but I’ve just hung in there.
“I got frustrated against India. I got frustrated against Afghanistan. And then today, Finchy [Aaron Finch] kept telling me to hang in there and bat deep and bat time.”